Farmers are the world’s hungriest people. Most of the extreme poor live in rural areas, dependent on agriculture to feed their families.
More than 500 million farming families are relying on one or two acres to eke out a living. ECHO’s face-to-face, hands-on trainings provide scientifically proven information contextualized for small-scale farmers.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. First, our trainers listen to farmers, learning from their experiences and seeking to understand their specific challenges.
Our core training topics focus on key agricultural knowledge. A global team of regionally based and native-speaking trainers use their understanding of the culture, language and context. The result is adaptable and practical techniques that are helping families and communities feed themselves.
A deep dive into specific topics and techniques. From agroforestry, seed saving, small-scale livestock, bamboo construction and more, ECHO’s interactive workshops provide expert instruction and hands-on practice.
Annually, ECHO Florida and our Regional Impact Centers host a variety of learning opportunities. Each event gathers hundreds of missionaries, students, and practitioners together to share experiences, stories, and ideas with people who are passionate about equipping families with lasting hunger solutions.
Presenting information from renowned experts in their field
Practical information taught by practitioners to practitioners
Evening Break-out Sessions
Hear about the newest and latest in research, lessons learned, and experiences from our staff and network
Unique challenges occur when farming in the tropics where most of the world’s hungriest live. Week-long courses, held throughout the year at ECHO Florida, help participants avoid the mistake of thinking the plants they are familiar with “back home” will work in the tropical climates where they’ll be serving. ECHO’s Global Demonstration and Research Farm gives trainees the opportunity to see techniques and principles in action, and exposure to plants that do not grow in many other places in North America.
Our 1-year internship equips college graduates with the academic theory and practical skills related to agriculture and community development. This year helps prepare interns to serve as international missionaries and development workers. Upon successful completion, they receive a Certificate in Tropical Agriculture and 13 graduate credits through ECHO’s partner, Dallas International University (DIU). After 1 year at ECHO, interns may have the opportunity to participate in a 6-month field experience at one of ECHO’s Regional Impact Centers.
Gain hands-on experience with small-scale agriculture, appropriate technology, and small animal husbandry.